Export business in the South West: Superfast & Streamlined

Export business in the South West: Superfast & Streamlined

Ray Gore reflects on the positive effect of technology on the potential prosperity of once disconnected regions. SW businesses' export opportunities enhanced by streamlined supply chains and Superfast connectivity! I was reflecting on the way that the digital age in which we now live has so changed the way things had to be done when I first started out as a young Procurement Engineer for Rolls Royce back in the late 1970’s, and of the export opportunities now afforded to business by the new communications mediums that are now available. I first began my career when there were no mobile phones, desktop computers or even fax machines. Computers were the size of a small house, landline telephones were the only direct means of communication (if the GPO ever got around to connecting you up) and we had only the telex machine, primitive photocopiers and a hideous piece of equipment called the Roneo Banda machine by which documents could be reproduced. This meant that...
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Heavyweight line-up of speakers for South West World Trade Summit

Heavyweight line-up of speakers for South West World Trade Summit

Following the success of the Institute of Export & International Trade’s (IOE&IT) South West World Trade Summit last year, we will be hosting a second event on July 6th in partnership with the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) at Plymouth University. Aimed at businesses in the South West who are working in, or have an interest in international trade, the ‘Blueprint for Global Britain’ will examine the issues and opportunities in accessing new markets and the debate will help shape the future of global commerce. The summit, which is sponsored by local law firm Bond Dickinson and export consultancy Middleton Jones, starts with registration and coffee at 9.00am at the University of Plymouth Portland Square building. The morning session’s focus is ‘Brexit and International Trade’. After lunch, the vibrant conference will turn its attention to ‘Enabling the South West International Trade Performance’. We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker will be the Institute’s new president, Lord Green of...
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Partnership with Astra Recruitment

Partnership with Astra Recruitment

Middleton Jones is pleased to announce a new working partnership with Astra Recruitment. Providing a vital connection to the talent both in the South West and worldwide, the arrangement will also offer the benefit of international expertise to Astra Recruitment’s clients. Read more on our International Export Recruitment Partnership page HERE Despite the huge cloud of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, most British manufacturers and service providers are aware that they will need to invest in their export activities over the next two years, whether this is in order to maintain business levels or to achieve growth plans. Increased demand on resources and expertise in documentation, compliance, legal, shipping, sales, communications and market evaluation is going to rise, so make sure you have access to the best professionals. Astra Recruitment in partnership with Middleton Jones can find the right option for you, with access to; partnerships with overseas trade specialists, direct employment, specialist consultants and much more... For international recruitment expertise in the South West, get in...
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Commonwealth and Beyond – IOE Global Summit

Commonwealth and Beyond – IOE Global Summit

A beautiful autumnal day in October, the Castle Hotel in Taunton was certainly looking its best.  The venue for the first Institute of Export Global Summit in the South West 'The Commonwealth and Beyond' was perfect.  The South West has a wide range of industries that can be exported from financial services to agritec, advanced engineering to creative design, marine to aviation - representing the wealth of our region. The Commonwealth and Beyond, the theme of the event and representatives from companies and organisations both far and wide came to hear of the opportunities for British goods in the fifty-three countries that are members of the Commonwealth, in Russia and in China.  They heard how Brexit may affect their European contracts and/or relationships and how technological advances will affect change for exporters. The line-up of expert speakers gave the audience valuable information on overseas opportunities for local businesses as well as routes to market through DIT and local providers. Read the IOE article about...
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